June 11, 2015

Thursday Quotables: number9dream

Weekly Feature Thursday Quotables

Welcome to Thursday Quotables! This weekly feature is hosted by Bookshelf Fantasies. Every week we highlight a great quote, line, or passage discovered during your reading each week.


Quotes from the novel number9dream by David Mitchell


This week I chose a book that I reviewed at the beginning of the year, number9dream by David Mitchell. In this novel, a young man, Eiji Miyake, moves to Tokyo in order to find out the identity of his father. I can't really give anything more of the plot because it would be a spoiler. But, as a Mitchell novel, it's unique and thought-provoking. 

It would be so much simpler if you would just drop by her for a sandwich and a coffee. I will recognize you, introduce myself, and persuade you that natural justice in on my side. How do daydreams translate into reality? I sigh. Not very well, not very often. 

In this novel, Mitchell explores many themes and ideas. It's sure to think about it a long time after you've finished it.

A single night is stuffed with minutes, but they leak out, one by one. My capsule is stuffed with Stuff. Look up 'stuff' in a dictionary, and you get a picture of my capsule above Shooting Star. A shabby colony in the empire of stuff.

The part about memories is probably one of my favourite in number9dream.

'I took her literally at first, too.' Mrs. Sasaki speaks carefully, the way she does. 'But I think she's talking about her memories.' We watch her disappear in the shimmer. Cicadas wind up and wind down. 'All we are is our memories.'

And a quote about us gamers.

All these people like my mother paying counsellors and clinics to reattach them to reality: all these people like me paying Sony and Sega to reattach us to unreality.


Have you read number9dream? What do you think about these quotes?

14 comments:

  1. I haven't read this yet but I'm in the middle of Cloud Atlas at the moment and it is absolutely incredible. I've been reading some great books recently but this definitely stands out as one of my favourite books so far. I can't wait to explore more of Mitchell's work!

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    1. Cloud Atlas is one of my favourite books. number9dream is amazing too, after browsing it yesterday, in order to find the quotes, I felt like I wanted to read it again!

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  2. Such a gorgeous cover on this book! It's new to me and I always love finding new books to add to my list. Thanks for sharing the quotes:)

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    1. Yes, the cover is amazing! The book is also very very good :)

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  3. I love the quote about memories as well. I haven't read it yet, but I'll be sure to add it to my TBR list :)

    Check out my Thursday Quotables here (if you'd like): http://www.confessionsofabookfreak.blogspot.se/2015/06/thursday-quotables-city-of-ashes-mortal.html

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    1. Memories is a big part of this novel. I highly recommend it :)

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  4. Great quotes! I love the "All we are is our memories" bit :) so true.
    Have a great day,
    Amy x

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    1. Yes, it's so true. There are so many things in this novel, in different levels :)

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  5. Ooh, these are so interesting! I've never read anything by David Mitchell. I like the way he puts the words together to play with their meaning. Great choice!

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    1. He's one of my favourite authors. His writing style is so unique, I hope I did it justice with the quotes I selected :)

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  6. I must say number9dream has a gorgeous cover! I've yet to read it, but I plan on adding it to my TBR!

    New GFC follower :D

    Alex @ Book Chick
    http://bookchick2013.blogspot.ca/2015/06/amber-to-ashes-by-gail-mchugh-review.html

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    1. Indeed, it has! It's among the jewels of my bookshelves :)

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  7. I love the titles by Mitchell that I have read so far, he is one of my favourite contemporary authors and your post has made we want to read number9 dream even more, it has been on my list for awhile. The quotes were a great way to let readers know what he is like without giving away any of the plot.

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    1. He's among my favourite authors as well. I believe you'll love number9dream as well. Which ones have you read?

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